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Santa's Toy Shop or a Mail Room??

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Next year I would like to do this for both my toy shop and a mail room for my north pole houses. I want to do a rotating scene inside the house of my north pole scene of a mail room with mail and packages moving along as the elves check it out. As well as toys move along with the elves.

I am not experienced with motors at all so I need all the help that I can get. I normally use BBQ motors but not sure how much weight one can with stand to move around.

I would love to see other's displays and how to's if you are willing to share. thanks a bunch!!

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Kathie,

You could support your rotating "platform" on a lazy susan bearing. Then your BBQ motor underneath would have no weight on it. Lazy susan bearings can be found in most woodworking supply stores.

Good Luck,

Terry Miller

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Using lazy susan is an easy way to do but it must be in a circle shape only. I am making an oval shape around 4x8 plywood with chains & sprockets. It's a lot of works due to mechanical parts and also making AC electric to move with it on a small carts with 4 roller wheels. I am almost done with it and hopefully will have pictures to show soon.

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